Susan Lucci: AFib risks are real

Let's talk about numbers - the fact is that more than 2.3 million Americans are living with atrial fibrillation (AFib). Among them is TV star Susan Lucci's Husband, Helmut Huber, who was diagnosed more than a decade ago. Lucci is doing as much as she can to learn more about AFib for the sake of helping her husband manage this condition. Together they are trying to raise awareness about atrial fibrillation and its connection to stroke.

What is AFib?

In its simplest terms, AFib or atrial fibrillation is irregular heart beat can result in the formation of blood clots which can then move from your heart to your brain and by doing that it has the ability to increase the risk of a stroke up to five times. In addition to the increased risk of having a stroke, the strokes in case of patients with AFib, compared to "normal", are twice as likely to be fatal or with disabling results. Fortunately, the risks CAN be reduced, but in order to do that, you should look into the topic. If you or your loved one has AFib, you should get familiar with the book "Stroke: The Heart-Head Connection." And if you want to learn even more about this condition, be sure to visit www.FacingAFib.com for some more information.

Besides the obvious problem which is the disease itself, according to the founder of StopAfib.org, Melanie True Hills, most people who are diagnosed with AFib don't really know or understand the risks involved with this condition. "With National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month coming up in September, we encourage everyone to join the Facing AFib Pledge and commit to doing all they can to reduce AFib-related stroke."

The number of people with AFib is expected to increase 2.5-fold to 5.6 million by 2050.

See "TV Star Susan Lucci Talks About AFib Related Stroke Risk" for more information.

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